head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Definition of headgear

1 : a covering or protective device for the head
2 : a harness for a horse's head

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Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.
Recent Examples on the Web Then, picture everyone sporting Google Glass or similar headgear as the pig arrives. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 Sturdy windows, a good cleaning, and new copper-green headgear were all that was needed to restore its dignity. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 4 June 2021 Spanish designer Paco Rabanne was no different, fashioning mini shift dresses and matching headgear out of unusual materials like chain mail. Leah Dolan, CNN, 22 May 2021 Mayweather and his bodyguards jumped Jake, punched him in the eye, stretched the collar of his shirt and recovered the precious headgear. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 West, Guisti and Hosek were all told that the use of religious headgear was permissible, Mayes said. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 The Beavers’ catcher was conducting a postgame television interview with the Pac-12 Network, and the announcers couldn’t help but open the conversation with a question about his headgear. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 13 May 2021 Some of the later species featured massive, boney shield-like headgear and even spikes in place of boney frills. Mike Wehner, BGR, 12 May 2021 For more recent scholars, the same hat proves that the bust portrays a Hellenistic king, Euthydemos of Bactria, whose coin images show a similar headgear. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headgear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headgear. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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